• Mental health clinic finalist at HESTA awards

    Epworth Clinic’s Eating Disorders Team has been named as a finalist in the 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards.

    The Melbourne facility is one of three contenders in the Allied Health section of the Team Excellence category.

    Its entry was recognised for transforming the care of consumers experiencing eating disorders within a general mental health unit. 

    Having identified a higher-than-expected prevalence of eating disorders, the team created a new care pathway including critical pre-admission screening, supportive meal therapy and specialist referrals. 

    The Camberwell-based clinic, part of the Epworth HealthCare group, now has a comprehensive eating disorder program, delivered by a team of nurses, allied health clinicians, psychiatrists and food service staff.

    The team plans to provide professional supervision for all staff working with people with eating disorders and expand the service to improve patient support following discharge. 

    The prestigious HESTA Excellence Awards recognise the extraordinary efforts of healthcare workers in four sectors – disability, allied health, aged care, and community services – with a total prize pool of $60,000.

    There are 24 finalists across the Team Excellence and Outstanding Organisation categories, and the eight winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday 24 November 2022.

    HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said each finalist had demonstrated inspiring leadership, dedication, and a drive to improve care and support for Australians during challenging times.  

    “HESTA is proud to help share the stories and amazing achievements of these wonderful finalists, who through their work each day demonstrate such care and compassion for Australian communities, improving health and wellbeing outcomes,” Ms Blakey said.  

    “From delivering clinics and outreach street care for people experiencing homelessness, to supporting bereaved parents grieving the devastating loss of their baby, these professionals help our communities in their greatest time of need. I wish to acknowledge and thank every finalist for their critical work, and the people who nominated them.”  

    For more information, visit HESTA’s awards website.

    The 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards finalists:

    Outstanding Organisation - Community Services  

    St Patrick’s Community Support Centre - Fremantle WA  

    Women’s Health & Family Services - Northbridge WA  

    Zonta House Refuge Association - Willetton WA 

    Team Excellence - Community Services  

    Health on the Streets Team, Coast & Country Primary Care - Erina NSW  

    Hoarding & Squalor Team, Catholic Healthcare - Macquarie Park NSW  

    Treasured Babies volunteers, Red Nose Australia - Mooroolbark VIC  

    Outstanding Organisation - Allied Health  

    12 Points Psychology - Bayswater VIC  

    Firstchance - Mayfield North NSW  

    Little Wings Limited - Bankstown Aerodrome NSW  

    Team Excellence - Allied Health  

    Eating Disorders Team, Epworth Clinic - Camberwell VIC  

    Mental Health Co-Responders, SA Health partnership - Oaklands Park SA 

    The Baby Play Academy Team, Western Kids Health - Mount Hawthorn WA 

    Outstanding Organisation - Aged Care  

    ACH Group - Mile End SA  

    Activus Transport, Just4Blokes program - Engadine NSW  

    HealthX - Petrie Terrace QLD

    Team Excellence - Aged Care  

    Consumer Experience Team, St Vincent’s Care Services - Bowen Hills QLD

    Falls Improvement Program Team, Brightwater Care Group - Inglewood WA

    Specialist Community Palliative Care Team, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - Wollongong NSW  

    Outstanding Organisation - Disability Services  

    Jigsaw Australia - Frenchs Forest NSW  

    Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre Inc. - Casino NSW

    Loom Arts and Management - Coburg VIC  

    Team Excellence - Disability Services  

    ‘Be with Me’ Navigators, Aboriginal Family Support Services - Adelaide SA  

    Communication eXtra Team - Morphett Vale SA 

    Down Syndrome Australia Health Ambassador Team - Armadale VIC

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